If you are lucky enough to be jetting off on holiday this summer then make sure you take a look at the following guide to help you breeze through the airport- brought to you exclusively by Savoo.
There are two ways of taking luggage on holiday: checking it in or taking it as hand luggage.
Checking in hold luggage is a straightforward process as long as your suitcase fits within the maximum dimensions and weight limit: standard allowance is 20kg but will vary between airlines.
Before you travel, try to weigh your bag using bathroom scales. If you know you are going to be over the weight or dimension limits then pre-book additional weight online. This will be cheaper than doing it at the airport- the typical charge for extra weight at check-in is £10 per kilo, and the process will slow you down.
Every airline has slightly different rules about what you can bring as your hand luggage. Some airlines only allow you to bring one bag, whilst others allow you to take a separate handbag as well.
Our guide below gives you a brief overview of the different airlines and their rules on hand luggage. Remember, if you go over the size and weight limits you may be charged for checking it in as hold baggage.
Don’t forget that there are also restrictions on liquids in hand luggage; one poor Savoo employee watched her favourite perfume being thrown away at security because it was over the maximum 100ml. If possible, pack liquids in your hold baggage to prevent any mishaps. But if you must pack liquids in your hand luggage, remember these rules:
- Containers must be no more than 100ml
- Liquids must be placed in a single, transparent, resealable plastic bag approx. 20×20 (these are available free at the airport)
- The bag must be sealed but not knotted or tied
- You are limited to one bag per person
Below are all the products that would count as liquids. For more information, check out the government website.
Breeze through airport security by following these simple rules when checking in:
- Remove plastic liquids bag from hand luggage to be screened
- Take off your coat or jacket and place in plastic tray
- Remove all metal items and place in plastic tray
- Remove laptops, iPads or large electrical items to be screened separately
- Scan other bags separately
Remember, all passengers flying into or out of the UK are now being advised to ensure electronic and electrical devices in hand luggage are sufficiently charged to be switched on.
What to wear
Setting off the metal detector is a sure-fire way of holding everyone up at the airport, so dress appropriately to avoid an unwanted frisking session. Depending on where you are travelling from you might be asked to remove your footwear, particularly if you are wearing boots, platform shoes or shoes containing metal. A pair of flip flops or thin soled shoes that you can easily slip off will help here.
Try not to wear anything that contains metal when travelling: this includes jewellery, clothing with metal buttons, metal hair slides and belts with a metal buckle. If you are wearing something metal, take it off first to be screened separately. Be aware that body piercings may result in a pat-down inspection, unless you can remove them first.
Finally, take off your jacket- including trench coats, heavy winter coats, suit jackets, sport coats, and blazers- because this will need to be screened separately.
Don’t always assume you will get a bargain in duty free- in fact, you might well end up getting ripped off. Electronic items, beauty products and luxury items usually cost less online- particularly if you can use a voucher code- so avoid impulse buys and do your research first. Depending on where you are flying from, you might only get value for money if exchange rate is favourable. However, duty free CAN save you significant money on alcoholic spirits and tobacco, since these are typically the most heavily taxed items.
And don’t forget, some airlines will insist that you can fit any duty free goods within your one item of hand luggage without taking you over the maximum weight, so ensure you have room in your suitcase before splashing out on huge bottles of vodka!